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Origin Stories

As a writer becomes more successful, inevitably somebody asks her what inspired her to first start writing, or how she got her start. If the answer’s good enough, it gets published, too, usually on the inside back cover flap. 1,654 more words

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Turpentine

A butterfly broadcast on BBC, an open coffee table book full

of words– never read, and existing like a promise

of swallowtail wings and backdropped conifers, both… 109 more words

Non-Fiction

The Allure of the Origin Story

The other day the Boyfriend and I watched Dracula Untold. I had heard it was pretty rubbish, but it had Charles Dance in it, and he’s always good, so we thought we’d give it ago. 537 more words

Popular Culture

The White Castle Story: The Birth Of Fast Food & The Burger Revolution

Back in 1921, when Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram and Walter Anderson imagined what their legacy would ultimately be, they probably didn’t believe that the country’s first fast food burger chain would become the subject of a movie about two pot-smoking pals caught up in a raunchy quest for a sack of small, square White Castle burgers. 1,626 more words

Frankenstein: The First Science Fiction Novel

Frankenstein, which depicts a scientist using technology to play god and reanimate a corpse, is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel. I have trouble coming up with an earlier example of science fiction than… 509 more words

First Sci-fi Novel

Pom-Poms: The Stuff of Dreams and Cat Toys

The origin story of this blog begins with a big honking box of pom-poms.

Two years ago I vowed to ditch my awful day job, have a baby, finally publish my crochet patterns, and blog about my adventures along the way.  385 more words

Cats

Clara 

I want to write a story, set in France, about a well-to-do woman who becomes a nun just as the First World War breaks. She and the other sisters run a hospital, taking care of wounded soldiers, and there she falls in love with an American. 581 more words

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